New to replace old

January 04, 2018

Visions of the future new Shepparton Art Museum at Victoria Park Lake, designed by firm Denton Corker Marshall.

The former service station near Victoria Park Lake is expected to be demolished next month for the development of the new art museum.

Two buildings at Victoria Park Lake where Shepparton’s new art museum will soon stand are set for demolition next month.

Then, a month later, detailed designs are due to show what the new state-of-the-art $35million project will look like.

Construction designs are then set to be complete in August, before the build starts towards the end of this year.

Project board chairwoman Kaye Thomson said the contract process for the site demolition was being finalised.

After the buildings, including a former petrol station, are demolished, further soil testing will be done and tanks removed from the ground.

Ms Thomson said she did not foresee any major issue with the soil, but said the council would not know for certain until the tanks were removed.

‘‘We have contingencies in place, we don’t see it as a major issue,’’ she said.

She said more details would soon be available on the looming demolition.

Architects Denton Corker Marshall were announced as the winners of a design competition in April last year, before planning approval for the project was granted in September.

Ms Thomson said recent months had involved extensive consultation between the architects, the council and project stakeholders to make sure the needs of all parties were being met in the design process.

She described ensuring all groups that would use the forthcoming facility were on the same page as being a big process.

The detailed design was ‘‘all about internal’’ at this stage.

‘‘Where that desk goes ... where entry points are,’’ she said.

‘‘Where the staff area is, where the multi use workshops are ...

‘‘It’s a complex process.

‘‘It’s a large building, it needs to be something we’re proud of.’’

Ms Thomson said there was extensive work needed to be done to determine ‘‘how the building functions’’, and that stakeholders needed to be ‘‘happy with functionality’’ before project leaders went out with a contract to build.

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